Everything is ‘smart’ these days
except for maybe, people… How about ordering groceries right from your refrigerator? Samsung has a solution for that! The tech company is partnering with MasterCard and Fresh Direct (an online grocery delivery service) to offer touch screen ordering right on your ice box. A MasterCard not required (you can use Visa, AMEX, etc.). The new refrigerator will hit the market this Spring!
We’ve developed the entire app—the ordering, the cart process, the integration with the merchants. And yes, the payments,” DeVita says. (USAToday)
BTW: #IoT stands for Internet of Things. You can learn more about that here but suffice it to say that it’s a term used for everyday objects that have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data. (Techopedia) Another IoT example I recently told you about is a Oral B’s Smart Toothbrush. Click HERE if you missed that! See… everything is becoming SMART!
Check out this video to see the new smart fridge in action!
I love my Apple Watch. One unexpected place I’ve been using it a lot is in the kitchen. Ever throw something in the oven, set the timer, then wonder to the other side of the house? Sure, the timer does goes off but my stove is a basic model and the timer is not very loud. Often times I miss it going off.
This is where my Apple Watch helps. I turn on the oven then throw whatever I’m cooking in (yes, even while it’s pre-heating). As I’m walking away I raise my wrist and say, “Hey Siri.” Siri automatically wakes up and then I say, “Set alarm for 6 pm or Set alarm for 20 minutes“. The alarm magically gets set and 30 minutes later, my wrist beeps and/or gently vibrates depending on my settings. That’s my reminder to go and check on my dish! I can dismiss the timer or snooze. There is no way I will not hear / feel this handy dandy reminder (really, you can use this feature for any type of alarm. I’ve just found it particularly useful for cooking – and waking up in the morning)
So I decided to check out what other apps or features are useful in the kitchen and I found one particularly helpful – Epicurious Cooking Instructions With New Smart Timer App. “You select a food you want to cook on your iPhone—maybe roast beets or a pan-seared steak—the screen tells you to set your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or get that cast iron pan on the stove, and then your phone beams a step-by-step timer to your wrist. It’ll count down the time, vibrate at any important moment (like when you should flip that steak), and then right before the steak is done, provide a few words and a thumbnail image that shows how you can tell the dish is done—something along the lines of, “The steak is browned but soft when poked in the middle.” (FastCodeDesign)
#HappyCooking and check out the short video demo below.
I lived the life today in Seattle’s swanky, five-month old one-of-a-kind Starbucks, strategically situated in its’ Capitol Hill neighborhood (think the Manhatten of NYC). Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room is not your regular run-of-the-mill coffee store – it’s a 15,000 square-foot $20 million dollar “experience”. If you thought Starbucks was more about lifestyle before, this new offering brings a serious social status / element to the table in an amazing way! As soon as you walk in you are WOW’d: tastings of rare coffee (I tried coffee from Tanzania), a full sit-down restaurant and large brewing equipment that you can watch in action! The store is as much about education and luxury (and coffee) as it is about lifestyle and offers coffee and beans from all over the world. Though the coffee ranges from $4-$7+ a cup, it makes for a much cheaper and cooler date than the movies!
Here are a few of my favorite products offerings and a short video: